Casale Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar

The Last Casale

Your New Pizza Dungeon

We normally wouldn't interrupt your day just to talk about pizza. Okay, maybe we would.

But as you know, there's a pie revolution going on in this city, and we thought you needed to be aware of the latest conquest.

Welcome to Casale Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar, the medieval-est addition to Miami's new wave of polished pizza houses, opening this Friday.

Think of Casale as the neo-industrial pizza cave you've been waiting your whole pizza-cave-depleted life for. Opened by the Italian team behind Sardinia, the two-floor temple to thin crust has a peasant-like rusticity to the downstairs—all exposed brick, wood and limestone—while the upstairs has more of a Ferrari thing going on (don't worry, you won't have to change its oil), with a sleek leathery lounge and expansive outdoor deck.

But you didn't come here for the décor. You came here for the fruits of two nonstop wood-burning stoves—to wit, sliver-crusted pies smothered with house-made mozzarella and a range of Sardinian exotica like bottarga, a salty, fish egg-y delicacy made from the roe of sea mullet (it's the Jeff Foxworthy of Mediterranean pizza toppings).

And on the off chance you're in the mood for something nonpizza, there's a well-stocked raw bar offering plenty of oysters and such to go with the $20 bottles of wine.

But come on...

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<strong>Casale Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar</strong><br />1800 Bay Rd<br />Miami Beach, FL 33139<br />305-763-8088 <br /><a href="http://www.sardinia-ristorante.com/" target="_blank">website</a><br />

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